The Saskatoon native has been a fixture of Cineplex for years, hosting the Pre-Show where he'd often interview celebrities, as well as gently guide audiences through the complicated yet ultimately rewarding Timeplay segment.
Tanner revealed that he was let go by the theatre chain in a heartbreaking tweet:
Today, I was let go from Cineplex & am no longer the host of the Pre-Show. Thank you for all the love and support over the years, especially those who've been with me since the voting days. It's been an honour being a part of your group hangouts, date nights, & family outings.— Tanner Zipchen (@TannerZipchen) January 13, 2020
While no reason was given, the decision to let Tanner Zipchen go was likely related to the recent acquisition of Cineplex by the British company Cineworld Group, which purchased the company for $2.8 billion.
Now, we'll wait to see where Tanner Z ends up next. Here's hoping his Cineplex job was the real pre-show for something bigger and better for our favourite Saskatonian movie journalist.